Fiza Pathan's latest novel Nirmala just launched on Amazon.
This powerful story is about Nirmala the Mud Blossom, who had the misfortune to be born a female in Mumbai. Rejected and thrown into the dustbin when she was just two days old, the child was rescued and returned to her family by the NGOs.
Nirmala is ill-treated by her mother, always subject to violence at her hands. She is allowed to continue her studies only because she can then coach her younger brothers, as the parents are illiterate. Each beating is accepted with forbearance, as she loves to go to school to get books to read from her library.
Nirmala is forced to stop her studies after the twelfth grade so her parents can save enough money to send the boys to college. She is then married off, but while her married life begins smoothly, it is only the beginning of her next phase of hell. After giving birth to her first child, Nirmala is subjected to harassment, beatings, and forced into doing things contrary to her beliefs and dreams. Her life is shattered.
What will happen to this little mud blossom? Will she fight back or succumb? How can she rid herself of harassment and rise above the stigma she endures?
Nirmala: The Mud Blossom graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave.
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Fiza Pathan was born in Mumbai, India on 19th of March 1989 to Iqbal and Philomena Pathan. She finished her high school education from Bombay Scottish School, a reputed ICSE School in Mumbai. She then attended St Andrews College to pursue her BA degree in History and Sociology and graduated with a first class. She later graduated with a first class from the St Theresa's Institute of Education, Santa Cruz as a teacher her special subjects being History and English. She has taught History and English in Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School (ICSE) to the Senior students.
Being literary minded from a young age Fiza participated in and won many competitions at College in essay writing and short stories. She was an active contributor to various Christian magazines like 'The Examiner' and 'Vision and Venture'. She has won many scholarships and awards in College in History and Literature as well as in Hindi, the national language of India.
Fiza has authored three fiction books
- S.O.S. Animals And Other Stories
- Treasury Of Bizarre Christmas Stories
- Flesh Of Flesh
- a non-fiction book CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them
- and a book of poetry So This Is Love.
She has been 'adopted' by two stray cats who answer to the names of Lopez and Brownie. Fiza can be followed on her website http://www.fizapathan.com, on Twitter @FizaPathan, and on Goodreads.com. Fiza regularly blogs on www.insaneowl.com.